Francesco Paszkowski, designer:
‘The yacht was designed for both private use and charter purposes as requested by the owner. This required continuity between the various social spaces, a precise but flexible division according to use, good communication between the exterior and interior, and the rigorous use of architectural principles.
‘The lower deck is devoted to crew accommodations and services, including the pro-spec galley. There are also portside pantries on the main deck and upper decks to provide swift and efficient service on every deck level. Naturally, the crew circulation is entirely separate from the guest areas.
‘The interior design was realised in collaboration with Margherita Casprini to perfectly reflect the wishes of the owner. Dark and light shades have been carefully balanced to complement each other and the discreet colour palette chosen for the soft furnishings. Both materials and finishes are combined with painstaking attention to details and Made-in-Italy top brand names.’
Solo accommodates 12 guests in six cabins, including the master suite on the gigantic private owner’s deck, a VIP suite and four doubles (two of them convertible into twins) located on the main deck to ensure total quietness.
The hair dressing / massage room and the owner’s study can also be converted into additional cabins as they’re both equipped with en suite bathrooms.
The VIP and guest cabins offer astonishing sea views, thanks to unusually large windows.
The beach club, a key feature aboard Solo, is a spacious and welcoming area.
Equipped with sofas, bar, TV, bathroom, and an oversized glass-walled gym with fold-out terrace, it is also directly linked to the spa zone. The latter comes with a sauna, also fitted with its own fold-out terrace, hammam and 5° Celsius chilled water shower.
The upper deck houses the paperless semi-integrated Boëning bridge with radio room, comfortable captain’s cabin, and a hair dressing/massage room that can be converted into an additional cabin for a bodyguard or an officer. The aft section of this deck features an enormous observation lounge with almost floor-to-ceiling windows, 90” 4K QLED TV screen, baby grand piano, bar and bio-ethanol fireplace.
The owner’s apartment features an owner’s study/media room.
The island bed is surrounded by full-height windows with 180° views, an overhead skylight and direct access to two intimate outdoor terraces, shaded sun pads and a Bisazza mosaic-tiled, glass-walled Jacuzzi. The owner will be able to arrive in style using the touch and go helideck aft (with a 4.5-ton certification, sufficient for most twin turbine helicopters, such as an Augusta 109), and has his own Jacuzzi, bar, saloon, outdoor breakfast corner and day head with shower.
On the same deck, the owner can enjoy his own independent TV room, also convertible in an additional cabin thanks to an additional bathroom.
The aft deck is equipped with a six-meter transversal swimming pool, sofas and a pop-up TV screen recessed into the ceiling to turn this entire space into an outdoor cinema room.
The main deck houses a cinema lounge/library that can be enclosed by an electric sliding glass panel, the dining room with its table for 16, and a stabilised fish tank. The cut-down bulwarks with laminated glass panels allow for sea views while having dinner.
The under lower deck is devoted to a laundry room, pump room, storage, garbage freezers, AC units and technical spaces.
FPD Studio and Margherita Casprini were instructed to provide a strong contrast between the interior and the exterior. The owner wanted something modern, minimalist and warm at the same time.
Another of his wishes was the extensive use of natural materials assembled in a way that the décor would balance modernity with timeless and understated principles.
As a result, all the marble used in the yacht, with the exception of the onyx, has a satin finish. Most of the wood is also satin finished while it is highlighted with high-gloss Macassar ebony.
Michel Karsenti, Sales & Marketing Director Tankoa Yachts:
‘Internally, Solo has been a true challenge. Since the inception of the project we clearly expressed our will to produce and deliver a boat that could compete head-to-head with the world’s best builders, mostly from Holland and Germany. This ambition was impressed on all our engineers, craftsmen and project managers almost every single day during the construction. Today, after having extensively tested the boat, I can say with no doubt that we have achieved this ambition!
‘Solo is catapulting Tankoa to new heights and all the industry professionals who inspected her during the construction and over the past few weeks were taken aback when they understood how we deliver our promises.
‘In my position, facing clients and the brokerage community, it is paramount that my word and promises to clients are not only delivered but surpassed.’
The carpets are tailor-made for Solo and furniture tops are either satin Cappuccino marble imported from Jaipur in Rajasthan, or natural hard leather panels with saddle stitching.
Main woods are: high gloss Macassar ebony, fiammato grigio, custom-tinted grey oak and black oak.
Ceilings are made of brushed aluminium panels, tinted grey oak and nubuck.
Stones are forest black antique marble from France, cappuccino marble from Rajasthan, striato elegante honed marble from India, and pure white onyx from Mexico.
Interior sofas, chairs and armchairs are from Fendi Casa.
Exterior sofas and seatings are from Kettal and Tribu.
Bar stools are made in Italy by Cedrimartini.
All faucets are from Dornbracht (Germany).
Stairwell flooring is of white Onyx Cristallino while the walls are made of distressed oak sourced from a 300-year-old farm in Norway.
Hammam marble is Calacatta from Tuscany.
The sauna wood has been sourced from a medieval castle in Finland.
At 10 knots, with one generator running, she burns a total of 195 litres per hour, providing a range of 7,000 nautical miles. At 15.7 knots, she burns 570 litres per hour for a range of over 4,000 nautical miles with a 10% margin. At her full speed of 17.5 knots, she still has over 3,000 nautical miles range with a 10% margin.
The three Northern Lights generators, two 230 kW and one 155 kW, are equipped with HUG soot burners to eliminate the usual black smoke stain on the sides of the hull and allow guests to enjoy all the exterior aft decks as well as the beach club with open terraces with no odours than the sea and salty air.
The main engines are equipped with Eco Spray SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction), significantly reducing emissions.
Tankoa is concerned with the next generation, so the yacht is also equipped with a CO2 monitoring system allowing the captain to constantly find the sweet spot in terms of speed to reduce emissions to the minimum. The yacht is delivered with an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) manual.
Solo comes with independent rudder systems, in her case from Rolls Royce, allowing manoeuvring in the tightest situations supported by a 200-kW Naiad hydraulic bow thruster. 72 meters long and 11.60 meters wide, Solo is 1,600 GT and powered by twin Caterpillar 3516B main engines developing 1,825 kW, she is capable of 17.5 knots top speed.
As safety and comfort are paramount, she is equipped with lots of redundant equipment, including two independent stabiliser power packs powering the four zero -peed fins of 3.6 square meters each.
Tankoa Yachts is a project born in 2008, thanks to a very competent team of managers and investors already involved in the yachting industry, and with a long professional history of successes. Since its inception, Tankoa Yachts’ business plan is based on a new philosophy of yacht construction. ‘Boutique Shipyard’ is the most accurate expression to describe Tankoa’s philosophy, a top-quality shipyard focused on yachts ranging mainly from 50 to 90 meters. Limited production, attention to details, use of the latest technologies, precision, rich specifications, ethics and emphasis on Italian building excellence are just a few of Tankoa’s values. They’ve opted for a multicultural approach of yacht construction by integrating various criteria. The management team is proud to have successfully merged business ethics, high quality precision engineering, and Italian DNA in design and flexibility.